Book Lists: Episode VII

Again, I pretty much epically failed over these last two months.  But I’m hoping that now fundraising is for the most part over, and I’m spending more time dealing with government agencies/meetings (i.e. lots of waiting time) I’ll be able to read more.  Also, I am at 59 books, and that number just stresses me out, which means I think I need to put a freeze on books that I buy and finish off a few of these because this list just keeps getting longer, and I believe my limit without going completely nuts is 50.  So that means I need to do really get some reading done this month.  But I’ve found myself not as interested in reading as well, which means I probably need to find more inspiration and better books to read.  Because when I’m interested, I finish them really fast.  But if not, it’s quite challenging.  I should figure out how to overcome this. On the to do list.  Anyway.

Finished Books:

  1. Brand You: Turn Your Unique Talents Into a Winning Formula
  2. Warren Buffett’s 3 Favorite Books: A Guide to the Intelligent Investor, Security Analysis, And Wealth of Nations
  3. My Inappropriate Life
  4. Lean In: Women, Work and The Will to Lead

“Lean In” was so epic, I wish she wrote three other sequels (and while we’re at it, I would even read a prequel) it was that good.  I had held off for a while because I thought it was somewhat overrated and I had heard so much about it already (from various sources) but man.  Totally worth reading.  All the other books were all right, Brand You was ok but you can live without it.  Warren Buffett’s 3 Favorite books was a good cliff notes to investing, but it was pretty basic, and you can probably get away with just reading a few of the chapters.  My Inappropriate Life was definitely better than her first book, but I liked Tina Fey and Jenny Lawson (i.e. The Blogess) better for comedy.

  • Personal Development:
  1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity (52%)
  2. HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing Yourself (6%)
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (11%)
  4. The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, And Living The Good Life (10%)
  5. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide To Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, And Becoming Superhuman (21%)
  6. Mastery (8%)
  7. Are you Really Listening: Keys to Successful Communication (23%)
  8. Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship With an Entrepreneur (12%)
  9. The Well Spoken Woman: Your Guide To Looking and Sounding Your Best (20%)
  10. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Why People Follow (1%)
  • General Non Fiction:
  1. Googled: The End of the World as we Know It (18%)
  2. The First 20 Minutes: The Surprising Science of How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, And Live Longer (10%)
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow (14%)
  4. Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France But Not The French (20%)
  5. Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind The Scenes of a New China (32%)
  6. Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior (15%)
  7. The Jordan Rules: The Inside Story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls (15%)
  8. The Art of War (38%)
  9. Toughness: Developing True Strength on and Off the Court (30%)
  10. Sum It Up: A Thousand and Ninety Eight Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective (1%)
  11. Wild (8%)
  12. Her: A Memoir (6%)
  13. In the Garden of Beasts (4%)
  14. Growing Up Bin Laden (8%)
  15. Catherine the Great (7%)
  16. Steve Jobs (5%)
  17. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (35%)
  18. My Spiritual Journey (Haven’t Started)
  19. Drinking: A Love Story (24%)
  20. The Intelligent Investor (10%)
  21. Beating the Street (27%)
  22. Istanbul: Memories and the City (15%)
  23. Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey (17%)
  24. Classy (50%)
  25. Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made (1%)
  26. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LIfe (35%)
  27. Flip the Switch and Lose the Weight: Proven Strategies to Fuel Your Metabolism And Burn Fat 24 Hours a Day (17%)
  28. Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos (3%)
  29. The Finishing Touch: Perfecting the Art of Accessorizing (39%)
  30. I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a  Happy Life Without Kids (1%)
  31. Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay Dance Bars (25%)
  • Business:
  1. HBR’s 10 Must Reads: Strategy (9%)
  2. For the Win: How Game Thinking Can Revolutionize Your Business (10%)
  3. Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Can Achieve Extraordinary Results (34%)
  4. Mastering Communication At Work: How To Lead, Manage, and Influence (8%)
  5. HBR: On Managing Yourself (6%)
  6. Stop Workplace Drama (39%)
  7. Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way (36%)
  8. The Brand Gap (18%)
  9. The 100 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws of Business Success (16%)
  10. The Essential Drucker (Haven’t Started)
  11. HR Transformation (10%)
  12. Richard Branson: Losing My Virginity (3%)
  13. Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit: The Secrets of Building a 5 Star Customer Service Organization (18%)
  • Fiction:
  1. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (12%)
  2. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (haven’t started)
  3. Istanbul Passage (3%)
  4. Immortals of Meluha (90%)
  5. And The Mountains Echoed (11%)




2 thoughts on “Book Lists: Episode VII”

  1. I highly recommend Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. I know you have a full plate literature-wise, but I was transformed by that book. Mind blown.


    1. YES! I started reading that a few years ago, and I am halfway through! I need to find that book, it WAS really good…


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